PODCAST: Cuba seeks foreign investment

Cuban President Raul Castro gives a speech, on January 27, 2014, during the inauguration of first stage of the Mariel port and special development zone, in Mariel, Artemisa province, Cuba.

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Cuba is trying to lure foreign investment with a multi-million dollar shipping port. The $957 million overhaul of the port of Mariel, in west Havana, is being financed by Brazil, and is in the heart of a special economic development zone.

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